Sixteen people died in a hot air balloon accident in Lockhart, Texas. Alfred “Skip” Nichols was the pilot who died as well. The unfortunate incident occurred on July 30, 2016. We would anticipate that this case may result in a wrongful death lawsuit, especially once the investigation is complete.
According to reports, Nichols was possibly trying to land a hot air balloon when the balloon collided with power lines and crashed. Those that died in the crash include Matt and Sunday Rowan, Lorilee and Paige Brabson, Brian and Tressie Neill, Sandra Chalk, Scott and Laura Douglas, John and Stacee Gore, Holly Huckabee, Matt Rowan, and Joe and Tresa Owens. Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the friends and families of all of the victims.
What was the cause of the accident? Was anyone distracted or under the influence? Are there any other factors missing from this report?
Media outlets have released information allegedly indicating that Nichols had been arrested four times for driving under the influence but it is being investigated whether there is a connection between that and the accident.
Although the police are doing their own investigating, they cannot always be fully relied upon. There are some questions that may still need answers and some actions that may need explanations. Personal injury lawyers do not always rely on the police reports. They often hire private investigators to find the answers to additional questions. Investigators often obtain helpful information that is not included in the police report, information that family members sometimes want to know.
The facts of this case may support a wrongful death lawsuit. The Weaver Law Firm understands that family and friends may have plenty of questions regarding wrongful death lawsuits.
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